Tim's induction speech
Jorgensen, who played baseball for head coach Tom Lechnir's Titans from 1992-95, epitomized raw power. His 162-game playing career at UW-Oshkosh featured a NCAA Division III-record 70 home runs. It also included 234 hits in 563 at-bats for a .416 batting average, 237 RBIs, 200 runs scored, 33 doubles and nine triples.
Jorgensen's career accomplishments helped UW-Oshkosh register an impressive four-year run. During that time, he helped the Titans fashion a 144-32 record, capture one NCAA Division III title, advance to four NCAA Division III World Series and claim four WIAC crowns.
Jorgensen began to make a name of his own in his first season with the Titans. Jorgensen helped the club to a 36-8 record, a WIAC championship and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division III World Series by hitting .394 with six home runs, 43 runs scored and 35 RBIs.
In 1993, Jorgensen battled through an injury-plagued season to help the Titans to a 28-15 record, a WIAC championship and a second-place finish at the NCAA Division III World Series. Playing in just 30 games, he hit .260 for UW-Oshkosh with two home runs and 17 RBIs.
Jorgensen returned at full strength for the 1994 season and teamed with future big league pitcher Jarrod Washburn to lead the Titans to a 41-4 record, another WIAC championship and the NCAA Division III title. Jorgensen was named the 1994 NCAA Division III Player of the Year after hitting .455 with 23 home runs, 64 RBIs and 58 runs scored. Following the NCAA Division III World Series, Jorgensen decided not to sign a professional contract after being selected in the 28th round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres.
Jorgensen returned for the 1995 season and responded by posting astounding numbers and leading UW-Oshkosh to a 39-5 record, another WIAC championship and a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III World Series. Jorgensen repeated as the NCAA Division III Player of the Year that season after hitting .491 with a NCAA Division III record 39 home runs, a NCAA Division III-record 121 RBIs and 83 runs scored. In all, he established eight NCAA Division III season records, including grand slams with six.
In a May 14, 1995, doubleheader, Jorgensen hit six homers and 16 RBIs in to lead the Titans to the WIAC title. In an 18-7 win in the nightcap, Jorgensen completed the rarest of cycles by hitting a solo home run, a two-run home run, a three-run home run and a grand slam. His four home runs in that game tied an NCAA Division III record.
NCAA Division III Player Of The Year: 1994-95
NCAA Division III All-America: 1994-95
All-WIAC First Team: 1992, '94-95
NCAA Division III World Series Most Valuable Player: 1994
NCAA Division III All-World Series: 1993-95
NCAA Division III Championship Team: 1994
NCAA Division III World Series Team: 1992-95
WIAC Championship Team: 1992-95
• Eighth-round Draft pick of The Cleveland Indians in 1995
• Helped UW-Oshkosh to a four-year record Of 144-32
• UW-Oshkosh career totals include .416 batting average, 237 RBIs, 200 runs scored and 70 home runs in 162 games
NCAA DIVISION III CAREER RECORD
Home runs: 70 from 1992-95
NCAA DIVISION III SEASON RECORDS
Runs per game: 1.89 in 1995
Home runs: 39 in 1995
Home runs per game: 0.89 in 1995
Grand slams: 6 in 1995
Total bases: 218 in 1995
Slugging percentage: 1.275 in 1995
RBIs: 121 in 1995
RBIs per game: 2.75 in 1995
NCAA DIVISION III GAME RECORD
Home runs: 4 vs. UW-Eau Claire in 1995
• Sports Illustrated "Faces In The Crowd" in June 26, 1995, issue